Family Sues Osage Co. Man, Boy Scouts Over Alleged Molestation
By Lori Fullbright, The News On 6
The lawsuit is also against the man accused of molesting the boy. His name is David Menna, and he's been charged in Osage County with lewd molestation and practicing medicine without a license.
The lawsuit says David Menna claims to be a doctor and became associated with the Thomas A. Blair Detachment of the Young Marines and the Boy Scouts Local Troop 214. It says during an outing in the fall of 2007 with Menna and the two groups, he molested a young boy - a Young Marine - under the guise of treating him.
"There is no information whatsoever to confirm he was a doctor," said Attorney David Keesling, who represents the boy's parents.
Keesling says they've learned Menna has been accused of this behavior before.
"It's as simple as a Google search," he said. "You can find out, by typing the guy's name in these message boards. People are talking about this guy named Dr. David Menna, and they were in Atlanta area involved in Boy Scouts.
"Menna was here also, and he was involved in inappropriate behavior and was kicked out of the detachment down here," Keesling said.
The lawsuit says the Young Marines, their leader Terry Funk and the Boy Scouts should've known Menna was a threat and failed to protect the boy.
The attorney for the Young Marines and Terry Funk says Menna did not work for the group, was not a volunteer and planned his own events.
"It was his trip. There were Young Marines on the trip, but it was not a Young Marine trip," said Attorney Tadd Bogan, who represents the Young Marines.
He says parents were there, and boy's own father was present during the incident that involved applying bug cream. He says Menna does have degree in dentistry, so is a doctor - but not a licensed and practicing one.
Bogan said the groups have no evidence Menna ever acted inappropriately, aren't responsible for his actions and that the Internet isn't always reliable.
"I hope people don't rely on Google for what they learn about me because it may or may not be true. I don't think people should rely on that," Bogan said.
A lawsuit is only an allegation, and nothing has been proven yet. Everyone being sued has denied the allegations, and the Young Marines have asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.
The News On 6 called Menna but was told he's out of town for a couple of days. He's pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his trial is set for April.